I've asked this question before, and opinions seem to vary greatly. There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that adcoms look here and LSN and perhaps elsewhere, though I think the quality of that evidence is fairly poor. There are common sense arguments against it, primarily that adcoms barely take the time to read your PS so they wouldn't bother Googling you, and that there is moral and legal jeopardy in assuming the person in the Google hits is the same person as the applicant without absolute proof.In my situation, a Google search would turn up hundreds of hits that are unmistakably me and a Nexis search would turn up dozens more, but the certainty comes from the fact that the hits are all associated with items on my resume. In your case, the same name, race, and state is not enough to go on, no matter how unique your name is. Besides, unless your doppelganger has done some very embarassing things, I wouldn't worry about it in any case.
I googled a$$hole and only got your picture...what gives?
Quote from: screed likes young boys on December 17, 2005, 11:17:14 PMI googled a$$hole and only got your picture...what gives?Perhaps your computer skills are as below average as everything else about you.
If they do, I might be screwed. I just googled myself, and there's a freak with a large web presence who has the same name, age, race as I do ... To make things worse, he lives in the same damn state!I'm afraid the adcoms might think we're one and the same if they end up doing a google search on me (especially since I have a relatively unique name).Should I send adcoms a note saying that I'm not the same guy?I'd appreciate any advice you can give.